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  2. Crime & Safety
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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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Blacksburg is a town in Virginia with a population of 43,973. Blacksburg is in Montgomery County and is one of the best places to live in Virginia. Living in Blacksburg offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Blacksburg there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals live in Blacksburg and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Blacksburg are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$276,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$964
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    72%
  • Own
    28%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    47
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    34
    41
  • Robbery
    7
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    139
    500
  • Theft
    748
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    31
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$34,863
National
$55,322
Children
8%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    40%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    14%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    10%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%
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Blacksburg has many wonderful qualities such as the community, resources, and people. It has grown in the last 4 years by adding more local shops and restaurants. This town is the home of Virginia Tech. Blacksburg could benefit from more healthy restaurants geared toward the young adults living in this area!
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Blacksburg is great as a college town. There are people with many different backgrounds and interests on the Virginia Tech campus. However, the diversity of the job market is low for those coming to Blacksburg in search of a job. The university employs a lot of faculty and staff for all different positions from academia to janitorial. Outside of campus however there are not many opportunities besides restaurants, property management, and a few various companies. The cost of living here is very cheap and the traffic is virtually nonexistent. It would be nice to see this area build up some to achieve more of a suburban feel without the city prices or traffic.
Blacksburg, Virginia is typically known for housing the Virginia Tech campus but it is much more than that. While it is true that college students roam downtown and the university, the city is filled with alumni of Virginia Tech. Blacksburg is a beautiful city filled with Hokie pride from the current and past students of Virginia Tech. The students make it their mission to give back to the community by volunteering at homes that need help and to clean up the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.